By Simon Kent.
For the first time since 1972, Baghdad has held its first beauty pageant for the title of "Miss Iraq."
The winner, Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a 20 year old from the contested city of Kirkuk, said that she would use her new found public profile to launch education initiatives for children displaced by fighting in Iraq.
The event appears to have been held with only moderate security, and while it is the first Miss Iraq contest for decades, a number of other similar events, such as fashion shows, have been held in the capital since 2003.
(Source: The Guardian)